The Mark I Mini (1959–1967) was the first version of the British Motor Corporation’s Mini. It is characterized by its sliding windows, external door hinges, and “moustache” grille. In the United Kingdom the Mark I was produced between 1959 and 1967, with production in Australia continuing until 1970. The Mini Mark I was sold under both Austin and Morris marque names. The Mini was a genuine four-seater. This was possible within such a small bodyshell because the engine was mounted transversely, driving the front wheels via a gearbox that was uniquely incorporated into the sump of the engine. Engine and gearbox thus shared the same oil, which was a significant piece of design in response to the 1956 Suez crisis and the fears of future oil shortages. The tiny 10-inch (250 mm) wheels helped to reduce the intrusion of wheel arches into the interior of the vehicle and allowed a modest amount of additional luggage space in the “boot” area behind the rear seats. Overall, the Mini represents some very clever packaging which has often been imitated but has never been matched.
Part of a predominant Orange County collection for over 6 years, this matching numbers car has covered only 43K Kilometers. The car was restored by the previous owner in beautiful Red/ White, the interior received new upholstery, and the exterior received new paint less than 200 miles since restoration. This classic Austin is an original right-hand drive example that has recently received a service including replacements of all fluids, new plugs, timing belt, new battery, oil change, radiator flush, and tire/brake Inspection. The car has a clean title and no history of accidents. The interior, exterior, and running gear are in very good condition. A unique collector’s item which can be used as a daily driver or a beautiful showpiece.